CFP: Public History in and of Pennsylvania -- Deadline Extended

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The Pennsylvania Historical Association is seeking proposals for a new title in our Pennsylvania History series focusing on public history. The deadline for proposals has been extended to December 15, 2021.

250-500 word abstract

Essays are sought for a proposed volume that will explore how the complex history of Pennsylvania is preserved and interpreted in a variety of contexts, including but not limited to: museums, monuments and memorials, parks, archives, libraries, and historic sites. Essays that consider the interpretation of Pennsylvania history with other types of history (labor/economics, gender, race and ethnicity, religion, arts, culture, entertainment, recreation, and environment) are especially welcome. This volume will appear in the Pennsylvania History Series, which is published as a partnership between the Pennsylvania Historical Association and Temple University Press.

We seek to represent the full chronology of the state’s history, as well as the methodologies which public historians use to share it, with an aim of featuring interpretations of underrepresented histories for and with broader audiences. We especially encourage proposals from public history practitioners and community-engaged scholars.   All contributors should frame their essay for an audience that includes undergraduate students, museum professionals, public historians, and anyone with a general interest in public history and Pennsylvania history. 

The volume will be co-edited by Margaret Jerrido, Jeanine Mazak-Kahne, and Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan. 

Please email your abstract and a brief bio/short CV to by December 15, 2021.